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DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER
Hatches Creek Mine Shaft
The Foster Carer Recruitment team at an information stall in the Todd Mall
Existing power station facilities
Northern Territory visitors spend $2 billion in 2015
Spending by domestic and international visitors to the Northern Territory last year hit $2 billion for the
first time in six years.
The expenditure was driven by a surge in Australian holiday-makers to the Territory in 2015, which
saw a 29 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.
The latest visitor statistics from Tourism Research Australia show the Territory is on track to reach the
target of a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020 if current growth continues.
For the year ending December 2015, the Northern Territory received 1.6 million visitors, up
20 per cent. Holiday makers make up the bulk of these visitors with 792,000 people holidaying in the
NT last year, up21 per cent.
As well as spending more, holiday makers also stayed longer, with total holiday nights up 12 per cent to
4.9 million nights.
While international holiday visitors remained on an upward trend, increasing by 5.4 per cent, the great
result for 2015 was largely driven by a significant spike in domestic visitors, which last year reached
Other highlights from the National Visitor Survey for the 12 months to December 2015 include:
Total visitors to the NT – up 20 per cent to 1.3 million
Total nights to the NT – up 27 per cent to 8.3 million
Total expenditure in the NT – up 7 per cent or $100 million.
$26 million upgrade for the Tennant Creek Power Station
The Northern Territory Government has announced a further boost to Territory power supply with
plans to invest $26 million to upgrade the Tennant Creek Power Station.
The upgrade is an important investment that will increase the reliability and efficiency of power supply
and help reduce electricity prices. It will also see a reduction in emissions and create employment in the
region with 27 direct jobs expected to come during the construction phase.
The upgrades will give Barkly residents increased confidence in their power supply and create high
efficiency power plants with improved environmental outcomes.
The upgrade of Tennant Creek Power Station will involve the implementation of three 2 megawatt gas
fired spark ignition reciprocating engines and a 1.5 MW diesel fired reciprocating engine power station
to be located adjacent to the existing plant.
Clarke Energy was awarded the tender.
The new capacity is expected to be commissioned in July 2017.
Interested in being a foster carer?
Foster carers offer a safe and caring family environment for children and young people who can no
longer remain at home with their family.
Whether it’s overnight or for a number of years, carers provide support, stability and care in a safe and
loving environment to children in need.
Being a carer is not easy, but it can make a huge difference to the lives of the children who need it.
If you think you have what it takes to become a foster carer please call the recruitment hotline on
1800 814 599 or visit www.carercommunity.nt.gov.au
Hatches Creek tender awarded
A tender to supply and install chain link boundary fence at the Pioneer Mine Site, Hatches Creek
in Tennant Creek, has been awarded to local company Sonwane Pty Ltd trading as
The boundary fence will prevent unauthorised access to an area of subsidence caused by the collapse
of underground workings and several open shafts.
Tangentyere Constructions is a Northern Territory owned and operated company, based in
Alice Springs. The company has committed to 75 per cent employment of Indigenous workers
from the Hatches Creek area to install the new fence.
The tender also covers safety works at several open mine shafts including backfilling of open shafts
at Endurance Mine and Crystal Mine. Hatches Creek is part of the Iytwelepenty/Davenport Range
National Park and is an area of great historical and tourist interest. Filling in the shafts will make the
area safer to allow better access to the site for locals and improve the tourist experience.
The project is part of a broader scope of works in the Tennant Creek area and is being completed by
the Legacy Mines Unit under the Mining Remediation Fund.
The Canteen Creek Airstrip, located 260 kilometres south east of
Tennant Creek and servicing the nearby community of Owairtilla,
has been upgraded and sealed.
The completion of the $2.5 million upgrade now allows planes to
land on the airstrip in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day.
This upgrade improves safety, allows better access to communities
and reduces disruption to services during periods of rain.
The improvements also provide reliable access to remote
communities for freight, passenger transport and most importantly,
The airstrip has been extended to 1200 metres long and
23 metres wide.
Further additions to the airstrip include taxiway and apron sealing,
new line marking and installation of aerodrome signage.
An alternative strip was built adjacent to the works during the
construction period for the community to access necessary
services. The Owairtilla Community constructed the alternative
strip, funded by the Northern Territory Government at $530 000,
with 100 per cent Indigenous involvement.
The works to the Canteen Creek Aerodrome have been completed
by local Katherine business Craven Diesel Services Pty Ltd.
Canteen Creek Airstrip facelift completed
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